Postgame Notes and Quotes
Anaheim 3 vs. Pittsburgh 2
Feb. 28, 2020
26-30-8, 60 points
The Ducks won their second consecutive game and extended their point streak to three straight contests (2-0-1, 5 pts.) with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Honda Center.
Brendan Guhle scored his first career game-winning goal and third goal of 2019-20 to double Anaheim's lead with 2:40 remaining in the second period. With the tally, Guhle has 2-1=3 points in his last six games.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his third power-play goal to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead at 9:23 of the second period. Getzlaf, who owns 3-12=15 points in his last 24 games, leads the Ducks in points (13-27=40) and assists, and ranks tied for third in goals.
Danton Heinen opened the scoring with his first goal as a Duck at the 14:14 mark of the first period. Heinen has 1-1=2 points in two games since his Feb. 24 acquisition by Anaheim.
Sonny Milano, Josh Manson, Kiefer Sherwood and Sam Steel all collected an assist. Milano has posted 2-1=3 points in two games since his Feb. 24 acquisition by Anaheim. Sherwood's helper marked his first point of the NHL season.
John Gibson stopped 28-of-30 shots to earn his 19th win of the season and fifth all-time against his hometown team.
Tonight's attendance was 16,588. Anaheim concludes its six-game homestand Sunday vs. New Jersey (5 p.m.).
On neutralizing Crosby and Malkin
I thought it was a group effort. We took away some time and space. They're great hockey players. You have to be in their face and not allow them to skate and play with the puck.
On the team's defensemen rising to the challenge
They've been good as a group. They've been backing each other up well with some bodies out of the lineup. They're really taking an opportunity to step up. It's big for [Brendan] Guhle to get a goal tonight after coming back. It's good for our group.
On his goal
It was a forecheck where [Josh] Manson stepped up and made a good play to get the puck low. [Kiefer] Sherwood made a great little play up front and I got a lucky bounce.
On the team's defensive effort
In the first period, we knew it wasn't our best. After that, we tightened up a lot. We were more committed to the structure. With a lot of new guys, we're trying to learn it as we go. I thought it was better as the game went on.
On finding chemistry with linemates Henrique and Sherwood
Last game was kind of like heads all over the place. This one was easier to get more comfortable and try to communicate and get systems down a little more. Felt a little better tonight and hopefully we can keep building.
On the team finding chemistry
The new guys are really buying into the system we want to play. We want to get pucks deep and play a hard-nosed game, win battles and capitalize on our chances. Sonny [Milano] had two goals the other night, Danton [Heinen] scored tonight, so it's huge for us.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the team's effort
I thought it was a great effort. It was as complete a [60-minute effort] as we've played as of late. They should all be proud of how they played.
On what a win like this can do for the team
That's a very good hockey team over there. I thought we played with a little snarl out there. When we do that, we usually play very well. It's something we have to keep working on all the time. Just a real complete 60 minutes for us.
On tonight's game
That's how games go sometimes. You gotta find ways to win them, however they work out.
On how big of a factor Gibson was in this game
Yeah, he made some good saves. He made a big one there, I think it was a 2-on-1 in the second period and then we ended up giving up one. So, he made a big one there. Unfortunately, we had a couple go off us tonight and hit a couple posts and things like that, but yeah, he definitely played well.
On how they are going to rebound after tonight's game and being 0-2 on this California road trip so far
I think it's important for us to stay positive right now. I think we are doing a lot of good things as a team. If we keep playing that way, the results are going to start turning and going in our favor.
On the character of this team
I know the character we have in this room, so I know we are just fine. We are hitting a little bump in the road here like all teams do and it's going to make us stronger in the long run. It'll be tough to get through this one, for sure, but we have the character in here to do it.
Head Coach Mike Sullivan
On if there has been a common theme he's upset with on this tough stretch
Well we're not scoring goals. Obviously, it's hard to win when you don't put the puck in the net. Having said that, I don't think it's been from a lack of opportunities. The last couple of games we've had a significant amount of scoring chances, the puck hasn't gone in the net. I don't know that there's a common denominator through the five games.
On the message to the team on a stretch like this
Our message is we gotta stay together and find solutions together, and that's what we'll do. We gotta pick ourselves up and get back in the fight. We've got another opportunity in front of us tomorrow night, we gotta try to make the best of it.